AMERICAN LEAGUE BASEBALL BEGINS USING THE DESIGNATED HITTER- THIS DAY 1973

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On this day in 1973 the American League began using the Designated Hitter. Ron Blomberg of the New York Yankees would be the first ever DH to ever come up to bat. The rule was brought into baseball to try to put more offense in the game. In the late 60’s the game was being dominated by pitching. Fans like to see offense. The American League still has the DH- the National League still doesn’t. {The Designated Hitter hits for the pitcher- the pitcher has in baseball history been a weak hitter- usually.} I grew up following the Pittsburgh Pirates and the National League so I have always been against the DH. There are only two leagues in the world that still have the pitcher hitting- the National League in America and the Nippon Central League in Japan. What is the future? I am afraid eventually the National League will eventually adopt the DH.

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2 responses to “AMERICAN LEAGUE BASEBALL BEGINS USING THE DESIGNATED HITTER- THIS DAY 1973

  1. Making the pitcher hit is part of the game. I would definitely have my pitchers take batting practice. If they are pro athletes they should have batting averages over .150 Fernando Valenzuela hit well and was used as a pinch hitter from time to time.

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